The Camry is a good midsize car, especially for families or anyone who places high value on practicality, safety, and reliability. Toyota’s cars have a reputation for being cost-effective and family-friendly, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the Camry won our 2014 Best Midsize Car for the Money award and was a finalist for our 2014 Best Midsize Car for Families award.
The Toyota Camry features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 178 horsepower. It delivers ample power. The Camry offers stable, predictable handling, but like many sedans, it isn’t overly fun to drive. However, it does get better gas mileage than many other nonhybrid cars in the class. With the base engine, the Camry gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The V6’s numbers are a bit lower: 21 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.
The Camry has a stylish cabin and decent material quality. The interior is spacious – and that extends to the seats as well. The front seats are comfortable and the rear seats have good legroom for a midsize car. The rear seats have two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats, and they’re easy to identify. However, the stiff seat cushions can make it tough to use the lower anchors.
This Toyota sedan comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and a six-speaker audio system. Many features are available, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and the Entune infotainment system. The controls are intuitive and smartly arranged, but the touch screen is too bright for some. Additionally, you’ll have to install an app on your phone and register an account before using the system.